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Old 09-27-2013, 02:34 PM   #11
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I put them in at 60 minutes.

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Old 09-27-2013, 02:43 PM   #12
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I've used fresh spruce tips, unfortunately, they're only available in spring. Don't use anything but the tips [insert jokes here], the woody part of the tree and regular needles won't do well in your brew.

On a somewhat related note, a lot of the traditional spruce ales used molasses. Be careful not to overdo the molasses, the flavor can really take over the final product.

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I plan to add 2 or 2.5 oz bright green tips at 10 minutes for a 5.75 gallon batch. I want some sprucy, but not so much sprucy.

I'm thinking Biergut and I could sell tips for $18.99/ 8 oz and offer some real value to our customers Still can't believe someone sells an almost free raw material for $50/lb.

Good "tip" on the molasses, I might add a small addition to my recipe for next year.

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Here is a really good thread about using spruce, but basically it recommends a 60 min boil:

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f12/what...spruce-269751/

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Old 09-27-2013, 04:52 PM   #15
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Here is a really good thread about using spruce, but basically it recommends a 60 min boil:

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f12/what...spruce-269751/
Interesting. Thanks.
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Old 09-27-2013, 05:14 PM   #16
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I am planning on using the tips I harvested this spring and froze in a x-mas gruit/winter warmer. I seem to have a few pounds of them and will make a x2 batch.

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Old 09-27-2013, 05:57 PM   #17
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Anyone ever done juniper berries? I have some for my corned beef brine, but was curious . . .

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Juniper berries are also a pretty popular one. Don't buy spruce or juniper, I don't know if you can find these where you live but here is a website for identifying spruce. Once you identify them you'll see them everywhere and it doesn't take a lot to get flavor. You can make spruce tea to get a good idea of how much flavor you like. Plus spruce tea is nice and refreshing by itself

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Did you brew this? If you do I'd be interested in a trade. Mines going on 5+ months old and getting better all the time....

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Did you brew this? If you do I'd be interested in a trade. Mines going on 5+ months old and getting better all the time....
I have not. Buying spruce tips at $80 per pound (or whatever it was) seems unreasonable so I'm going to try harvesting my own in the spring, brewing and then aging til the colder months.
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